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October 16, 2018

Less than a week after becoming the interim president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono is stepping down from the role, following criticism from Olympians Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

Bono is a former Republican congresswoman from Southern California. She recently tweeted a photo showing her covering up the Nike logo on her golf shoes, in response to Colin Kaepernick's Nike advertisement. "Don't worry, it's not like we needed a smarter USA Gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything," Biles tweeted.

Bono came under fire from Raisman due to her work with a law firm that many people believe helped USA Gymnastics cover up the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The former USA Gymnastics national team doctor is accused of molesting hundreds of gymnasts, and earlier this year, he was found guilty of sexual assault of minors. In the wake of the scandal, the entire USA Gymnastics board resigned in January, and a new president, Kerry Perry, was hired, although she resigned nine months later.

After sending in her resignation letter Tuesday, Bono released a defiant statement, saying she had to step down because of "personal attacks." She defended covering the Nike logo on her shoes, saying it was free speech, and said it wasn't fair that the tweet "has now been made the litmus test of my reputation over almost two decades of public service." She did not address Raisman's concerns. Catherine Garcia

November 1, 2017

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon sent his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday, writing, "I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honor to represent."

Fallon is a forceful May ally, and in recent weeks, he was one of several lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior. He apologized earlier in the week for touching a radio reporter's knee in 2002, but in his letter to May, said other allegations made against him "have been false." Fallon is the first to resign amid the scandal, and his replacement is expected to be announced Thursday.

May has already demanded investigations into reports that her deputy, Damian Green, made a sexual advance toward a young woman and a Cabinet minister asked his female secretary to purchase sex toys. A Labour Party activist has also accused a senior party member of rape, and Parliament aides and researchers have compiled a list of people they have branded "sex pests," Reuters reports. House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom on Monday said the government is going to get tough on sexual harassment claims, enforcing a code of conduct and setting up a grievance procedure. Catherine Garcia

June 19, 2017

Believing that President Trump is not doing enough to address the "ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic," six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned.

Speaking on behalf of five of his colleagues, Scott Schoettes, counsel and HIV project director at Lambda Legal, shared in a Newsweek op-ed the reasons why they could no longer remain members of the council, formed by former President Bill Clinton in 1995. Trump has no strategy, Schoettes said, hasn't asked for input on formulating HIV policy, removed the Office of National AIDS Policy website, and has not appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

"Because we do not believe the Trump administration is listening to — or cares — about the communities we serve as members of PACHA, we have decided it is time to step down," Schoettes wrote. "We will be more effective from the outside, advocating for change and protesting policies that will hurt the health of the communities we serve and the country as a whole if this administration continues down the current path." The council is made up of doctors, legal experts, scientists, advocates, public health officials, faith leaders, and academics, and there were 18 members before the resignation of Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses W. Burley III, Michelle Ogle, and Grissel Granados. Catherine Garcia

June 6, 2017

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee, the first woman to ever hold the position, resigned on Tuesday.

Lee was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2014, and after the 2016 presidential election, she announced she was "open" to staying on. It was unclear for several months if Lee, the former head of Google's patent practice, was still director; the Patent Office finally confirmed in March that Lee remained in the post. There was no reason given for Lee's resignation, nor an announcement on who might serve as acting director.

"We thank Michelle Lee for her service to her country and to the Department of Commerce," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Politico in a statement. "As the first woman in our country's history to serve as director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle has worked tirelessly to serve our stakeholders and the American public. We wish her well in her next endeavor." In April, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other tech companies sent President Trump a letter urging him to keep Lee as director. Catherine Garcia

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